Hamvention returns to Greene County after nearly three years – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
GREENE COUNTY – Greene County is just a month away from hosting the world’s largest amateur radio broadcast for the first time in nearly three years.
Thousands of radio operators, known as Hams, will come to the grounds of the Greene County Expo Center and Fairgrounds for Hamvention.
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It is estimated that 30,000 visitors will contribute more than $30 million in cash to the Miami Valley economy.
Rick Allnutt, president of Hamvention for 2022, said the event will be important for local businesses. He also said he was happy not to have to check vaccination statuses or apply for a mask mandate.
“Everyone wanted to get back to normal,” Allnutt said.
Michael Kalter, media relations manager for the event, told Mike Campbell, News Center 7, that tickets and booth space were selling out quickly.
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“[Event goers] like to communicate with each other and they like the camaraderie,” Kalter said.
Rodney Keadle, manager of the Greene County Expo Center, said he was happy to see the return of Hamvention, along with many other events. He said they had booked every weekend in 2022, a welcome change from the past two years during the pandemic.
“It was quite difficult. We’ve lost a lot of shows, not really lost, but a lot of rescheduled,” Keadle said.
Hamvention kicks off May 20. More information about the event can be found here.
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